Upstream: Willamette

In partnership with the Socially Engaged Craft Collective (SECC), c3:initiative invites you to join us for Social Objects, an exhibition highlighting the intersection of socially engaged art and the ceramic medium. The opening reception will feature a variety of clay-based interactive projects, performances, and games that focus on collaboration with communities in Portland. Social Objects runs concurrently with the 2017 National Conference on Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), from March 23 - April 14. The opening reception will take place Thursday, March 23, 5-9 PM.

This exhibition includes works from 14 members of the SECC who represent a wide range of practices and approaches. The Socially Engaged Craft Collective is an expanding network of social practice art that is rooted in the history of craft objects and materials. The SECC aims to promote and expose artists, educators, and participants to the wide spectrum of socially engaged craft. In addition to highlighting artists and their artwork, the SECC hosts an online platform ( that is an open resource of knowledge, news, and professional opportunities.

The exhibition includes work by Mary Callahan Baumstark, Henry Crissman, Amanda Leigh Evans, Nicole Gugliotti, Holly Hanessian, Jeni Hansen Gard & Lauren Karle, Anna Metcalfe, Cheyenne Rudolph, Nicole Seisler, Forrest Sincoff Gard, Michael Strand, Juliette Walker, and Summer Zickefoose.

Social Objects opens at c3:initiative at 7326 N Chicago Ave, Portland, OR 97203. The exhibition runs March 23 - April 14. Hours during NCECA 2017: Wed 10am-6pm, Thu-Sat 12-6pm.